Materialism over at the Beeb

Melvyn Bragg’s Radio Four pro­gramme on the his­tory of ideas, In Our Time, rarely fails to be inter­est­ing and pro­voc­at­ive. This week the top­ic is ‘mater­i­al­ism’. Not the wor­ry­ing trend to dribble over the latest Apple hard­ware (I stand guilty), but the well-groun­ded notion that the uni­verse con­tains only phys­ic­al mat­ter, not non-cor­por­eal entit­ies like the spir­it (and per­haps, to an extent, dreams and beliefs). Do you have free will? Don’t be silly. Click here and let Baron Bragg screw with your head.

By the way, the OED lists Melvyn Bragg as the first per­son to use the word ‘prat’ in the sense of ‘muppet’/‘eejit’/‘pillock’. There appears to be no end to the man’s tal­ents.

[audio:http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/iot/iot_20080424-1130.mp3]

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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